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Give a poet a microphone and who knows when they'll stop talking. "We are mountain bikers. We eat pain for breakfast,” Cumberland's town crier shouted out, welcoming BCBR'ers to the start line Monday morning.

Sometimes they like to serve it up greasy in Cumberland. For West Coast mountain bikers, a little drizzle puts a little dazzle into the trail. However, for BCBR's guests from Spain, Mexico, the American Southwest and anywhere else where a drop of rain is enough to cancel a ride, they were left wondering who smeared bacon fat on the roots and rocks of the local trails.

It was business time this morning as elite men and women rolled up to the start line hoping to put Katerina Nash (Team Clif Bar) and Geoff Kabush (Team Yeti-Maxxis) on notice that this year the BCBR story will unfold in a different fashion. One the menu: the incredible two-mountain, tidal wave of fun that is Stage 1, in the beautiful Cowichan Valley.

Raindrops pattered from a grey West Coast sky, threatening to unleash a tempest of a storm. It was a meteorological foreshadow of things to come. Six hundred BC Bike Racers, representing 38 countries, descended on the North Shore July 4 for the launch of BC Bike Race, version Lucky 13.

Kialani Hines (USA) and Adrien Loron (FRA) are each riding a high after pulling out all the mental and physical stops at Crankworx Innsbruck Day 2, each closing it out with wins in the RockShox Innsbruck Pump Track Challenge.

From the top of the Slopestyle World, it’s a long way down to the bottom. Within the space of weeks, Swedish Slopestyle prodigy Emil Johansson went from Slopestyle World Champion to being faced with the reality that he might never ride a bike again.

The 2019 Out of Bounds Festival in Saalfelden Leogang has exceeded all expectations. Next to the spectacular racing at the third stop of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup, the 25,000 mountain bike fans who made the pilgrimage to the Epic Bikepark Leogang were treated with sunshine, warm temperatures, spectacular views and a stacked program of side events.

2019’s Maxxis Slopestyle in Memory of McGazza, the first contest of the Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship season, brought a triumphant return to the top step, a big payoff after a long push for podium on the second, and a disbelieving first-timer in third.  

Renaissance men Matthys Beukes and Philip Buys shrugged off a disastrous first five days to win The Queen Stage of the Absa Cape Epic from Oak Valley Estate to Stellenbosch University. The PYGA Euro Steel pair is the first South African team to stand on the top step of an Absa Cape Epic stage podium since they performed the same feat way back in 2015.

The scene is set for a spectacular Queen Stage into Stellenbosch on Friday, as Scott-SRAM MTB-Racing dominated the 43-kilometre Time Trial around Oak Valley on Thursday. Nino Schurter and Lars Forster annihilated the course in a time of 01:38:41 to eat nearly 90 seconds into Cannondale Factory Racing’s overnight lead.